Ashton Eaton treated the Istanbul crowd to yet another fantastic performance when he cleared 5.20 in the Pole Vault, the sixth and penultimate event in the men’s Heptathlon.
Eaton had a massive clearance with his second attempt at the height and it looked as though the American also had 5.30 in his legs. It wasn’t meant to be and eventually Eaton added another 972 points to his tally which sees him standing at 5690 points with only one event to go.
When breaking his World record in Tallin, Eaton had amassed 5635 points after 6 events which translates into a comfortable 55 points lead on his 6687 World record.
In order to break that mark, Eaton will need to score 879 points which correspond to a time of 2:39.54. Eaton’s best at 1000 is 2:32.66.
Barring disaster, Eaton should improve on his own World record and potentially become the first man to break 6700 points.
Interestingly the last time that the Pentathlon and Heptathlon World records were broken at the same competition was back in 1990 when Odile Lesage and Christian Plaziat scored 4215 and 6273 points respectively in Nogent sur Oise.
The competition for the minor medals has virtually gone unnoticed such has been Eaton’s dominance over the past two days; Oleksiy Kasyanov still in silver medal position with 5224 points and Artem Lukyanenko in third at 5148 points.
With Eaton on course to set the second World record of these championships, the Heptathlete now have a well deserved break before they step back on the track for the 1000m event at 18.20.
Laura Arcoleo for the IAAF